How Successful is Root Canal Treatment?

childrens root canal fort worthLocated inside the tooth, the root canal is an interior, hollow structure that houses nerves and vital cellular material. When extensive decay or dental traumas reach this interior structure, the tooth cannot self-heal and in turn becomes infected and inflamed. An infected root canal normally produces moderate to severe discomfort and leads to the death of a tooth. Because decay is very common among our younger patients, our pediatric dentist may administer children’s root canal therapy to save the affected tooth from extraction. Children’s root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure that alleviates the discomfort associated with infection and protects teeth from further internal damage.

When a children’s root canal is infected, our pediatric dentist will take all measures necessary to ensure patient comfort and relaxation. A root canal involves using precise dental tools to enter the inside of a tooth. Our dentist will then remove the infected material such as pulp and the nerve and clean away all signs of the infection. The inside of the tooth will be sealed with a special rubber-like material that provides support to internal structures and prevents further infection.

After a root canal, restorative dental work such as a filling or crown may be necessary to stop the spread of decay or to hold a damaged tooth together. Restorations after a root canal help ensure that your child maintains optimal tooth function without discomfort and the threat of further damage. Fillings and crowns restore a damaged tooth’s size and shape so that children can chew foods comfortably.

When administering children’s root canal treatment and restorative dental work, our pediatric dentists take special care to promote a worry-free and comfortable experience. Children will be administered the proper level of anesthetic medicine necessary to ward off discomfort and mild sedation may be administered in the form of nitrous oxide gas to keep young ones at ease during their procedures.

To schedule an appointment with our compassionate, kid-friendly team, contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.

The Unique Dental Needs of Children

childrens dentist Tarrant countyVisiting a children’s dentist for routine checkups and cleanings is an important component of maintaining a child’s oral health. When it comes to pediatric dentistry, children have unique dental needs. From infancy to teenage years, children and adolescences require special attention from dental health professionals for a variety of reasons—especially when it comes to establishing healthy habits, preventing decay, and monitoring dental development.

Children should visit a dentist around their first birthday. During this initial visit with our children’s dentist, an examination will be conducted to reveal any developmental or congenital abnormalities such as issues involving an occlusion (the alignment of the upper and lower sets of teeth) and cleft palates. Between the ages of four and five, your child should receive his or her first dental cleaning. Visiting a children’s dentist on a regular basis helps reduce the likelihood of developing dental phobias while also promoting the importance of oral healthcare and proper hygiene practices. During cleanings, our team will provide oral hygiene education in a kid-friendly format so that children develop healthy dental habits at a young age.

An important component of pediatric dentistry involves preventing cavities. Because tooth decay is an infectious disease that can produce pain and discomfort when left untreated, pediatric services such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and fillings are necessary to maintain healthy mouths.

When teeth are exposed to strong acids over time that damage tooth enamel, children possess a heightened risk for developing decay. To help keep enamel strong and healthy, we administer flavored fluoride treatments that replenish and strengthen tooth enamel. Because children often encounter difficulty keeping their back teeth clean, molars are more susceptible to decay than other types of teeth. Dental sealants help prevent decay along molars by filling in the pits and grooves on the biting surface of these teeth with a durable material made of plastic that is resistant to bacteria. When cavities are detected, our dentist will gently remove all decayed regions of teeth and place fillings to prevent further damage and the spread of the infection.

To learn more about the benefits of pediatric dentistry, contact our friendly team today at 817-569-6633 to schedule an appointment with our children’s dentist.